12. Set of for Annapolis with Mr. Custis. Dined & lodgd at Mr. Bouchers with Govr. Eden & others.
Jonathan Boucher had written to GW 8 April: “I am told, You have Business to our Provincial Court, the next week; I hope to see You either agoing, or returning. The Govr., Mr. Calvert, the chief Justice, & Mr. Dulany dine here on Monday: shou’d You set out on that Day, You know, You can be here in Time to Dinner” (DLC:GW). GW’s business at the Maryland court was to submit a proved account against Daniel Jenifer Adams for £106 14s. 6d. Virginia currency. Adams, who had taken some of GW’s flour to the West Indies to be sold (see main entry for 22 July 1772), had perpetrated what GW feared was a swindle, and GW was afraid he would be able to get no money from Adams for his cargo (for further information, see type="document">letters of GW to Robert McMichan, 12 Jan. 1773 , , 12 Feb. 1773, Feb. 1773, and 14 June 1773, DLC:GW).
GW’s visit to Jonathan Boucher’s home is his last contact with Boucher recorded in the diaries. In the fall of 1774 Boucher, coming under increasing attack for his personal resistance to the rising activism of local Whigs, moved to The Lodge, a plantation near Oxon Hill, across the Potomac from Alexandria (BOUCHER  description begins Jonathan Bouchier, ed. Reminiscences of an American Loyalist, 1738–1789: Being the Autobiography of The Revd Jonathan Boucher, Rector of Annapolis in Maryland and afterwards Vicar of Epsom, Surrey, England. Boston, 1925. description ends , 93; Va. Gaz., Pi, 1 June 1775). On 6 Aug. 1775, a month before he and his wife sailed for England, Boucher wrote GW a long letter regarding GW’s apparent lack of sympathy toward his sufferings, which concluded: “You are no longer worthy of my friendship: a man of honour can no longer without dishonour be connected with you. With your cause I renounce you” (BOUCHER  description begins Jonathan Bouchier, ed. Reminiscences of an American Loyalist, 1738–1789: Being the Autobiography of The Revd Jonathan Boucher, Rector of Annapolis in Maryland and afterwards Vicar of Epsom, Surrey, England. Boston, 1925. description ends , 141). In 1797, however, Boucher published a collection of sermons on the Revolution and included a long dedication to GW in which he wrote: “I was once your neighbour and your friend: the unhappy dispute . . . broke off our personal connexion: but I never was more than your political enemy; and every sentiment even of political animosity has, on my part, long ago subsided” (BOUCHER  description begins Jonathan Boucher. A View of the Causes and Consequences of the American Revolution; in Thirteen Discourses, Preached in North America between the Years 1763 and 1775: with an Historical Preface. London, 1797. description ends ). GW replied 15 Aug. 1798 in a friendly letter that closed “With very great respect” (DLC:GW).